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How to Read Your Part A Medicare Summary Notice (full text)

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9. Facilities with Claims This Period

This is a list of the health care facilities that filed claims during this three-month billing period. Check to make sure you received care at those places on the dates listed here. If you did not, contact the facility’s billing department. If the facility cannot resolve your concerns, contact Medicare at 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

10. Your Deductible Status

The Part A deductible of $1,216 is required for each hospital benefit period. A benefit period begins when you go into the hospital and ends when you have been out of the hospital for at least 60 days. If you return as an inpatient before the 60 days are up, the benefit period continues and another deductible is not required. But if you are hospitalized again after having been out for 60 days, you must pay another deductible in full (unless your Medigap policy covers it).

11. How to Check This Notice

Follow these tips on how to check the accuracy of this notice.

12. How to Report Fraud

This section gives tips on how to protect against Medicare fraud. For more information, visit

13. How to Get Help with Your Questions

State health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs) provide free, expert counseling on the phone or in person on Medicare issues. There’s a SHIP in every state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To find the phone number of your SHIP, call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 or go online to

14. Your Benefit Periods

Your benefit period starts the day you first receive inpatient care in a hospital and ends when you have not received inpatient care in a hospital or skilled care in a skilled nursing facility for 60 days in a row. For more information, visit Ask Ms. Medicare.

15. Your Messages from Medicare

These messages change regularly.

16. Date of Service

This is the date or dates you were an inpatient at the hospital. To make sure this information is correct, you can check your calendar or the statement you were given by the facility. If you did not go to the hospital on the dates listed here, contact the facility filing the claim. It could be a mistake that the facility can easily correct. If it cannot resolve your concerns, contact Medicare at 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

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